For some reason LEGO changed the names of the sets to Time Twisters. I'm not sure what the idea was, there isn't much about the series on the internet, but Timmy and the Doc are gone and some bad guys are piloting the wacky vehicles through time an' gettin' their steal on. The LEGO Collector book shows pictures of the last three sets with Time Cruisers logo's on them. I have all three of the last sets and they all have Time Twisters logos on them. It doesn't much matter, they quit the series after these sets came out. I guess they didn't sell that well. I was happy to get them and I'm still weighting the parts versus sets question. I'll leave them as sets for a while. I don't really need the parts.
I didn't find any catalogs or packaging that mentioned the names of these two, except for Brickpedia, who call them Professor Millenium and Tony Twister. I'll have a seperate post about all the Catalog mentions that I found on Peeron. BrickLink calls the minifigs Bad Guy 1 & 2. The guys travel with a ghost and a skeletal fashion victim. The bad guys aren't very fashion conscious either, I mean epalettes, with those torsos. That motorcycle jacket torso has been used on 17 minifigs that appear in 22 sets. Wow, huh. No wonder I see so many of them around. I like that ghost minifig. That's the second version of the ghost, the first used bricks for the lower half of the figure instead of white minifig legs. There was a third version in 2006, the last appearance of the ghost, but it was more transparent and I don't think it looked very good. Here's the bit of story that was on the box of 6497 Twisted Time Train.
Beware, the LEGO SYSTEM Time Twisters are travelling through the LEGO universe in search of treasures to power their time machines. Will they be successful or will the Time Cruisers catch them. With building sets from the LEGO SYSTEMS Time Twisters collection, only you the LEGO MANIAC, will determine who will rule forever!
That's a lot of responsibility, ruling forever, I doubt these guys are up to it. Here's a look at the last three sets. I actually have all three and have built them a couple of times to look at and move around on some flat surface.
6495 Time Tunnelator
Great name, huh. The $10 set with 80 pieces appeared in two versions, 6495 and 6499, the latter came with a big plastic time machine. I got the 6499 version and haven't ever seen the other. I assume the back of the boxes are different because the 6499 version shows the time machine in use. That's it below and that kid looks pretty happy to have one. I don't think I'm that happy to have one, it's kind of dumb looking, but I'm not being paid to like it either. Mine's packed away in a box on the hope that it might come in handy someday. Only some small hope of that. The ship is the same in both version of course. It's got a nice action feature, the rolling wheels spin the propeller and flap the wings, and Bad Guy 1 is off on his nefarious voyages.
I do like the flapping wing action. Those plastic wings don't appear in any other set. The rest of the parts are a pretty good assortment of useful parts. There are a couple of bats in the set. 1997 was the year they were introduced, from the looks of it in the Fright Knight sets. Did I mention I like the bat. He's a great looking piece and right up there in the top 5 of favorite LEGO critters. A pretty silly set all in all but one worth having for the fun factor.
6496 Whirling Time Warper
The second set of the trio is a bit larger, 152 parts with a list price of $22. The price sticker on the one I have says $16.79 but it doesn't tell me what store it came from. It's rare for me to leave the sticker on a toy package. I usually remove stickers, from boxes I plan to keep, as the label might stain the box as the glue dries. I don't always think about the possible resale down the road, more I like to keep the packages nice for me. I do the same with books too. The set's got two minifigs, Bad Guy 2 and his ghost pal, who jaunt about in the Whirling Time Warper. It's got some down right silly movement to go along with the silly name. The wheels turn and the propeller spins, the top hat wearing skeleton heads pop in and out of the blue cones, the wings flap and the trans blue cylinder rotates tumbling all the jewels inside while spinning the blue disc with the black spiral printed on it. They really pack a lot of action into such a tiny vehicle. See a short commercial for it on YouTube. There are a good mix of parts, none of them particularly large, but for one. Buried in there is a huge bathtub from this Belville set from 1996. That bathtub would be used in another Belville set in 2002 and none since, yet for some reason I have 4 more of them in my part stock. I have several of those blue spinning discs and the trans cylinder halves behind the blue disc. I wonder if I might have bought more than one of these for the parts. I have only the one box and one instructions but it's a good bet that I could have tossed the rest. It would be a good set to stock up on for the nice mix of parts. The ship doesn't look much better than the rest of the series but it scores better for the nice mechanical workings.
6497 Twisted Time Train
They saved the best for last. The Twisted Time Train has 300 parts and a list price of $38.50. It's my favorite set of the series, the three part train is really goofy, and there's lots of moveme nt as you roll it along the floor. The set has one of those boxes with a flap, that's the image from it on the left. When you lifted it up you could see a clear insert in the box that shows off the n ice shiny chrome parts and minifigs you can have if you buy the set. Remember when they used to do that. Sadly I don't have the parts holding insert. Much as I like the fancy packaging it does raise the price of the set. I'd rather have simpler packaging and more parts for the dollar.
Both the Bad Guys appear in this set as well as the ghost and the skeleton with the blue hat and black bandana. Like the professor in the Back To The Future series they have a train to ply the time streams. Not sure which train is sillier, this one or the one in the 3rd movie, but the LEGO train has that spinning skeleton in a blue hat and a bandana. That's got to count for something, but I'm not sure what. The engine's wheels make the smoke stack go up and down, the skeleton turns on his stand and the wings flap on the middle car, and the ghost rotates on the last car while the wheel turning helps rattle his chain. It's got that nice curved stair case that only came in black in three sets, this train and two other castle sets from 1993-4, but came in other colors in Fabuland and Belville sets. It's a great parts pack, especially if you get it on clearance, and one that I would have bought several of. There are some comments on LUGNET about the set being on sale at LEGOland for $4.99. That would have been great to get some of that mark down action, huh. Oh, well everyone's got their story about that cheap find.